Problem

Excessive cost of effective prosecution of offenders

Other Names:
Excessive financial costs of crime prevention and law enforcement
Incidence:
The financial costs of crime in the UK (from funding the police to higher prices in the shops to compensate for shoplifting) is estimated to exceed £20 billion.

The USA spends more than $163 billion a year as a consequence of crime. This is almost two thirds of the defence budget, and five times as much as the federal government spends on education.

Claim:
Law expands in proportion to the resources available for its enforcement.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
22.04.2000 – 00:00 CEST